New iPad mini pictures that show the whole back of the much rumoured tablet – including a smaller Lightning dock connector – have appeared online.
The pictures were tweeted by tech blogger Sonny Dickson, who claims he obtained the parts from an unspecified source and took the photos himself.
They show what appears to be the back casing of the tablet sitting on top of the iPad 3, and unlike many such leaks the images are very clear and well lit, so it’s easy to make out the device’s features.
If these pictures are showing a genuine part of the iPad mini, they reveal that it will sport an aluminium back like its bigger brother but it won’t use the same dock connector, instead adopting the new smaller Lightning connector as found on the iPhone 5.
Also visible are the camera, volume buttons and screen lock switch which sit in roughly the same position as on the iPad 3. Meanwhile the holes on the bottom edge for the speaker/s or microphone are drilled into the chassis in the style of the iPhone 5.
The lack of a black plastic section at the top edge of the device suggests this particular sample is for a Wi-Fi only version – will this mean the iPad mini is Wi-Fi only? It’s too early to tell.
The overall style is more square than previous iPads, looking more like a giant iPod touch than a mini iPad.
The iPad mini is also expected to have a 7.85in screen with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, which is the same number of pixels as the first two iPads but these will be packed into a smaller space.
Rumoured to be unveiled on 17 October, we’ll be sure to find out more about Apple’s latest tablet very soon.